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AU Newsmakers 10.30-11.6, 2020
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AU Talks Elections 2020 Results
Fanta Aw, vice president for campus life and inclusive excellence, spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about how American University is supporting students during this time. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to WTTG-TV, the Christian Science Monitor, BBC Mundo, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, Associated Press and the Voice of America. Lichtman and David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, talked with Salon magazine. Barker also spoke to BBC News. W. Joseph Campbell, professor of communication, discussed polls with Very Opinionated with Soledad O'Brien podcast, ABC Australia, the National Post and WRC-TV. Campbell's book, “Lost in a Gallup,” was also reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Molly O'Rourke, professor of communication, discussed the elections with WUSA-TV. Assistant Professor of Communication Filippo Trevisan talked with Refinery29 about misinformation and provided election commentary for Rai Italy. Andre Perry, scholar-in-residence in the School of Education, spoke to the York Daily Record. Professors of International Studies Jordan Tama and Gordon Adams spoke to U.S. News & World Report and BBC World News, respectively. Tama also spoke with Reuters. Sam Fulwood, fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Professor of Public Affairs David Lublin spoke to Cronkite News, Politico, and Buzzfeed News. William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to U.S. News & World Report, and Betsy Fischer-Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to AFP, Knoxville News and Bloomberg News. Bob Tobias, executive director of the Key Executive Leadership program, spoke to The Washington Post, and Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro spoke to CBC News, Good Morning Britain, Newzroom Afrika, New Zealand Media Radio, Sky News and WFMJ-TV. Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, spoke to Spectrum News about the Latinx vote, and Louis Caldera, professor at the Washington College of Law, discussed the youth vote with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. (10/30, 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5)
AU Experts Discuss Elections Misinformation and Extremist Violence
Director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab Cynthia Miller-Idriss, and Thomas Zeitzoff, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Atlantic magazine about whether to expect violence after the elections. Miller-Idriss also spoke to CNN. Assistant Professor of Communication Kurt Braddock spoke to Newzroom Africa. Aram Sinnreich, professor of communication, spoke to Oklahoma Watch about politicians spreading misinformation. Saif Shahin, assistant professor of communication, spoke to The Hill about disinformation. Shahin, and Jorhena Thomas, adjunct professor in the School of International Service, also discussed disinformation with WJLA-ABC7. Joseph Young, professor of public affairs and international studies, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Professors of Public Affairs Lara Schwartz and Derek Hyra spoke to Inside Higher Ed and The New York Times. (10/30, 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5)

Additional Features
American University's Election Day Holiday
Good Morning America spoke to Tamir Harper about his effort to get American University to declare Election Day a holiday for students, staff and faculty. (11/3)
Delaware Democrat Sarah McBride to Become Nation's First-Ever Transgender State Senator
Congratulations to American University alumna Sarah McBride. McBride will be the first transgender state senator in American history, and her victory was covered by CNN, People magazine, U.S. News & World Report, NBC News, and the Associated Press. (11/3)

Faculty Author
Historic Polling Failures
W. Joseph Campbell, professor of communication, wrote a commentary article for Fortune about the parallels between 1948's ‘Dewey defeats Truman' election and this week's election. Campbell also wrote two articles about polling failures for The Conversation. (11/2, 11/4)

Are Coffee and Caffeine Making Your Anxiety Worse?
Laura Juliano, professor of psychology, spoke to HuffPost about how the caffeine in coffee can affect mental health. Juliano said, “Low doses of caffeine do not typically cause anxiety and extremely high doses will likely cause any individual to feel anxious.” (11/3)
Why These Foods Might Be the Key to Optimal Mental Health
Kathleen Holton, associate professor of health studies, spoke to Inverse about foods that can help mental health and seasonal affective disorder. Holton told Inverse that leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens and spinach are rich in important micronutrients. (11/1)
VERIFY: How Does the Supreme Court Overturn a Case Like Roe v. Wade?
Washington College of Law Professor Lia Epperson spoke to WUSA9 about what it takes to overturn a case like Roe v. Wade. (10/30)
V-Shaped, K-Shaped, W-Shaped: These Are the ABCs of Economic Recovery
Gabriel Mathy, assistant professor of economics, spoke to Money about what economic recovery might look like. Mathy predicted “We would see an initial fast recovery that then slows down.” He also spoke to Salon about the economy and election.

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